Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul blasted his teammates after practice on Thursday questioning their effort during games, saying that the some of his teammates play with no heart.
Pierre-Paul says he can tell that some of his teammates don’t give effort by looking at the game film. He says that he plays with heart, but others don’t.
“That’s what it comes down to,” Pierre-Paul told The New York Post. “A lot of talking going on, but at the end of the day it’s all about heart, all about that individual and what he’s got. It’s definitely missing from a lot of guys.”
The Giants have lost three games in a row. They are 3-5 after their 40-24 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, and the team is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight season.
Pierre-Paul did not call anyone out specifically by name, and other teammates seem to agree with his views. Earlier in the week, safety Antrel Rolle said the team lacked passion. "On our sideline it's very dead. Throughout the course of the game it's dead," he said, according to The New York Daily News. "We need a pulse."
Pierre-Paul also said that having an attitude, swagger and talking a good game does nothing for the team. He feels the team will continue to lose if it doesn't show some fortitude.
“You’ve just got to have it, man. Like, in this game of football, you can tell when you look at film who’s more passionate about the game,” he said. "To play this game you’ve got to have heart, and a lot of guys don’t have it. I can sit here and say we all do, but we all don’t.”
Pierre-Paul has 23 total tackles and 3.5 sacks this season.
The Giants play at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
- Scooby Axson